KUALA PILAH, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s message that the Malays should work hard to improve their own fate at the Malay Dignity Congress yesterday, was conveyed to staff and students of Juasseh Vocational College (KV) here.
In the meeting which lasted almost two hours, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik emphasised that the message was also aimed at students.
He said Dr Mahathir also pointed out that, not only the Malays but people of all races in the country should continue to work hard and be disciplined in striving for success.
“They are also encouraged to venture into business, build wealth with determination and not just sell contracts. The same goes to students as they must always be diligent and never give up in seeking for knowledge or learning new skills.
“That’s the way for us to achieve success, to develop and restore dignity,” he told reporters during a visit to KV Juasseh here today.
Also present were college director Fatimah Md Akhir and Negeri Sembilan Education Director Datuk Pkharuddin Ghazali.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir in his speech at the Malay Dignity Congress in Shah Alam, Selangor reportedly said to address the issue of the Malays being looked down upon in their own country, only they themselves could restore the dignity of the Malays without expecting the help of others.
Elaborating Maszlee said in achieving the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 as set by the government, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was among areas which must be focused on.
“We will from time to time improve on the systems available at our educational institutions including vocational colleges nationwide. For vocational colleges, the ministry is working to ensure that their qualifications are recognised and accepted not only by MQA (Malaysian Qualifications Agency) but also by the industries.
“We are working towards this in collaboration with Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT) and the industries,” he said.
During the visit, Maszlee also announced a RM14 million allocation for KV Juasseh for the construction of a new workshop and infrastructure upgrade.
Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)